Bucholz Conservation Award
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2020 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award Winner: Ogden Driskill
Driskill is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conservation, private property, and water rights. Driskill was nominated by his daughter Andrea Wood, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis, and State Policy Director for Senator Lummis Tyler Lindholm.
Driskill is a key figure in the agriculture community. He is one of the founding board members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) and has partnered with WSGLT to place two conservation easements on his personal and family-owned properties at the base of Devils Tower – the nation’s first National Monument. These conservation easements permanently protect the viewsheds around the monument, while ensuring the family ranch stays in production. The ranch supports several wetland and irrigation projects, uses holistic practices, and pioneered techniques using sheep, goats, and black and brown flea beetles to combat noxious weeds and re-establish native vegetation. He is also a member of the Farm Bureau and Wyoming Stock Growers Association.
Senator Lummis, who served on the WSGLT Board of Directors with Driskill in its early years, commented on his dedication to agricultural conservation saying, “Ogden has conserved essential elements of our Wyoming heritage and protected our core tie to the land that binds us as a state.”
Driskill has been a strong advocate for Wyoming’s agricultural conservation on a national level, where he has testified for the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committee, consulted with the USDA, and provided testimony for multiple farm bills. Driskill was instrumental in changing Wyoming’s perpetuity law, which helped establish the first land trust accreditation program in the United States and lobbied for land trust insurance policies. As a Wyoming state legislator, Driskill has sponsored and supported numerous bills that impact our state’s agricultural and conservation values. Driskill was also a founding member of the Partnership of Rangeland Trusts, a partnership of 11 agriculture-focused land trusts, with over 3 million acres under conservation easement. WSGLT is proud to be a part of that legacy.
“There is no question that Ogden has been a tireless advocate for ranching and conservation throughout the United States. His past and current efforts have had an everlasting impact on Wyoming, its lands, water, wildlife and people—keeping Wyoming the way we have known it for the future,” stated Tyler Lindholm in his endorsement of Driskill.
Past Recipients of the Bucholz Award
Dennis Sun – 2008
Dr. John Lunt – 2009
Joe Glode – 2010
Jim Chant – 2011
Bob Budd – 2012
Mike Healy – 2013
Bobbie Frank – 2014
Alan Barnett – 2015
Patrick O’ Toole – 2016
Jim Wilson – 2017
Kermit Brown -2018
Albert Sommers- 2019